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 Insights on Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Solutions


Posted by admin on Oct 28, 2011 6:26:50 AM
Seminars investigate best practices from landmark cases including Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. v. Prince and The North Face Apparel Corp. and PRL USA Holdings, Inc. v. Fujian Sharing, et al.
Boston, MA — OpSec Security, Inc., the global leader in anti-counterfeiting and brand protection, today announced it has launched its Landmark IP Litigation Series, bringing together industry leaders and executives to address how businesses can prevent the damaging effects of counterfeiting. Each seminar provides in-depth analysis on landmark cases, specific developments, challenges, and corresponding best practices on how brands can implement a strategy for protecting their intellectual property.

“Counterfeiting continues to grow across all industries, taking a huge toll on businesses in the U.S. and around the world,” said Tom Taylor, president of Brand Protection for OpSec Security. “To combat it, businesses must be aware of the tools necessary to prevent this illicit activity, and to take action should they fall victim. With our Landmark IP Litigation Series, our goal is to bring industry and legal experts together to highlight successful cases and expand awareness.”

The first seminar in the series, which took place in Boston on October 4, 2011, reviewed Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. v. Prince, which is the first verdict against a web hosting services provider for contributory infringement without prior notification of counterfeit sales from a third party. During the seminar, panelists from Cleveland Golf/Srixon and the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP trial team provided an overview of the case, enforcement strategy and implications of the judgment. The outcome of this case indicates that SEO, web hosting, and other web service companies should consider taking proactive steps to stop infringing sales when they know or should have known that these illegal sales are occurring on the web sites they support.

The first seminar in OpSec’s Landmark IP Litigation Series can be viewed here. OpSec is currently planning additional events, including the second seminar, which will take place in New York, NY on November 2, 2011:

The North Face Apparel Corp. and PRL USA Holdings, Inc. v. Fujian Sharing, et al.

In December 2010, The North Face and Polo Ralph Lauren obtained a precedent-setting contempt order against Chinese online counterfeiters, which granted the companies authority to swiftly shut down websites selling counterfeit goods, transfer the domains and seize proceeds from counterfeit sales. One year later, the companies have taken down thousands of websites and recouped significant monies that more than offset the costs of the program. The powers granted by this order help equalize the Internet playing field and make this type of order the single most effective tool for brand owners against the growing number of online counterfeiters.

Featured panelists will offer unique perspectives on the strategy that was used in the successful litigation of the case and share insights on the enforcement strategy, legal proceedings, Internet intelligence and field investigations used to build the case.

WHO: Ellen Brooks - Director, US Trademark Enforcement, Legal Department, Ralph Lauren Corporation
G. Roxanne Elings - Co-Chair, Trademarks/Brand Management Group, Intellectual Property & Technology, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Alina Halloran - Vice President, Online Brand Protection, OpSec Security, Inc.
Evan McWilliams - Manager, Loss Prevention and Safety, VF Outdoor Americas
Randall Rabenold - Owner, Vaudra Ltd

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

WHERE: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, MetLife Building, 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166, 15th Floor

Attendees are eligible for 1.0 CLE Accreditation, pending approval in CA, NJ and NY. RSVP to marketing@opsecsecurity.com or call 617.226.3000 x4010. To sign up for the online webinar, register here.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with @BrandSecure via #opsecipseries

About OpSec Security
OpSec Security, Inc. is a wholly-owned division of OpSec Security Group plc (London AIM: OSG). OpSec Security is the global leader in providing anti-counterfeiting technologies as well as solutions and services for physical and online brand protection to over 300 companies across industry sectors and over 50 governments worldwide. The Group operates manufacturing facilities and laboratories in the USA and the UK, and has sales operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please see www.opsecsecurity.com, or contact Terri Mock, +1 617-226-3000, or tmock@opsecsecurity.com.

Topics: Counterfeiting